Without Proper (Medical Treatment for dog), (Dog Grooming) is Impossible
Dogs can seem like they have endless energy and strong constitutions. But, don’t let that fool you. They are susceptible to many maladies, from mild to severe. It’s important to establish a trusting, reliable relationship with your veterinarian. This will ensure that your dog receives prompt treatment and good care. You should also follow wise guidelines for dog owners. These include regular checks for your pet and the building of your knowledge about canine diseases. Dogs are strong and energetic by nature. However, it is your responsibility to keep them healthy. This article will provide tips and tricks to help you achieve this goal, such as:
How to choose a veterinarian
How to choose a vet. You don’t need to take Fido along to the vet. And you don’t have to go to a vet who doesn’t make your dog feel at ease. These are some tips to help you find the right vet for you. We can help you distinguish between a minor problem and something that requires immediate attention (Read more in detail below at Sr.No.1).
Basics of Dog Disease
Modern medicine has made dogs’ lives easier and more comfortable. Dogs will still have to deal with some illnesses. These are more serious because dogs are often exposed to other animals that can spread diseases. Some diseases can even be passed from one dog to another. To prevent or catch diseases like distemper, rabies and others in your dog, you will need to be well-versed in these topics (Read more in detail below at Sr.No.2).
Warning Signs for Dog Illness
Dog owners can often tell when their dog is feeling sick, but how do you know when it is more serious? This section will discuss common signs your dog might be sick. Your dog could be suffering from a variety of symptoms, including a shortened coat or ear, a decreased energy level, poor eating habits, and sluggishness. This section contains a comprehensive list of symptoms that can indicate illness in dogs and is essential reading for dog owners. This should be printed and kept handy (Read more in detail below at Sr.No.3).
Dog’s preventive health care
What should you do to make sure your dog has a routine physical exam every other month? It’s more often than you might think. Do you know if your dog has received all her vaccines? Are you thinking about spaying and neutering your dog? It can significantly increase your dog’s life expectancy. This section will cover important aspects of preventive health for dogs. You should be as careful with your dog as you are about yourself (Read more in detail below at Sr.No.4).
Other Treatments for Dogs
Canine medicine has seen many advances in alternative medicine. This includes acupuncture and chiropractic care as well as homeopathy, massage, homeopathy, homeopathy, and other types of non-standard medicine. These are all treatments that you can do yourself and can create a positive environment for your dog. While some treatments require specialist expertise, they can still be very beneficial. This section will discuss alternative treatment options for illnesses and natural ways to keep your dog healthy (Read more in detail below at Sr.No.5).
1- How to choose a veterinarian
Your new dog should be in peak health when you bring him home. This puppy has been raised in a healthy environment that provides good nutrition and vaccinations against diseases. It’s your responsibility to make sure he stays healthy. You will need to provide balanced amounts of love, discipline, play, and rest. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll need to have a good working relationship with your dog’s veterinarian. You can maximize the quality of your dog’s health care if you both work together as a team and are confident in each other’s abilities and observations.
Ask pet-owner friends for recommendations to help you find the perfect veterinarian. Don’t be afraid to ask around if you’re new or don’t know anyone with a dog. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association are the two main organizations that most veterinarians belong. For a referral to a local member veterinarian, you can contact any of these national associations. After you have received some recommendations, schedule a first appointment to get to know one another.
The vet may perform a brief physical exam to determine the dog’s overall health. However, pet vaccinations should be scheduled for another time. It is important that your dog has a positive impression of the clinic, doctors and staff. Dogs, too, need to be able to trust their doctor.
Good communication is key to a client/veterinarian relationship. Bring your puppy’s health records from the shelter or breeder. Also, be prepared to answer any questions about feeding, booster shots, flea or worm control or other topics. You will be required to complete a questionnaire about your dog, including his age, breed, gender, colour, markings, and current health. This information will be used to help the vet determine your dog’s growth and future health.
Ask questions! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You might ask, for example, what kind of food is best for your growing dog, how often you should feed it, and when it’s time to change to adult dog food. This is a good time to review the responses of your veterinarian. Is she clear and concise in her explanations? Is she able to offer advice based upon her experience with dogs similar to your pups?
Also, consider how friendly the vet and dog get along. Some vets are more comfortable at the table than others. Your veterinarian should treat your dog with confidence and ease. They should hold your pet gently but firm, and talk to you and your dog in a friendly, reassuring way.
Trust is the foundation of any good relationship. You should never hesitate to ask your veterinarian why she recommends a particular course of treatment, medication or lab test. You will be more able to carry out the required care if you are better informed. Once you have discussed it with your vet, you can be certain that she will do her best to care for your dog.
After the first visit, you should leave the veterinarian’s clinic with the confidence that your pet’s health is in good hands. This includes both yours and the veterinarian’s.
2- Basic Of Dog Diseases
We have vaccines that can help prevent most of the deadly diseases in dogs, and antibiotics that can be used to treat certain diseases. Your dog is most likely to be healthy with preventative vaccines. We have listed them for your reference.
The Seven Not-So-Magnificent
You should keep your dog protected against seven canine diseases that can be fatal and preventable with regular vaccinations. These are canine respiratory infections, corona virus and distemper, corona virus and canine infectious liver disease, leptospirosis and parvovirus.
Canine Cough. This infection is common in any environment where multiple dogs are kept together. The infection can cause inflammation of the trachea, larynx and bronchi (little branching tubes in the lungs). Infected dogs will experience a mild-to-severe cough and sometimes a runny nose within five to ten working days of being exposed to the bacteria Bordetella. This can be treated with antibiotics, and lots of rest. Prevention is the best and most humane option, just like the other Not-So-Magnificent 7. Bordetella protection is essential if you intend to board your dog, or expose her to other dogs. A combination of a liquid vaccine and an injection for canine parinfluenza virus is known as the “double whammy”.
Corona virus. Corona virus is a mild infection that can be spread to dogs by ingesting the stool or other excretions from infected dogs. Corona virus is not a fatal disease. However, it can be very dangerous for dogs and puppies who are stressed or otherwise in poor health. If your dog seems depressed or has diarrhea, you should consider corona virus. Signs include unusually strong-smelling stool, especially if it is bloody or has a strange yellow-orange colour. The veterinarian will administer fluids to your dog to replenish the diarrhea and vomiting, and medication to keep the diarrhea and vomiting to a minimum. If your dog is likely to be exposed to other dogs or their excrement at dog shows, kennels, parks, and other boarding locations, corona virus vaccinations are recommended.
Distemper. More dogs die of distemper every year than any other infectious disease. The highly contagious virus can be spread through direct contact and air. Distemper can be survived by a healthy dog with mild symptoms. However, distemper can cause severe illness in dogs whose immune systems are not strong enough to fight off the virus. Secondary infections can also occur if secondary infections develop.
Two stages are typical for distemper. The dog will experience a fever within three to fifteen days of being exposed to the virus. She may also have difficulty eating, lack of energy, and runny eyes and nose. The classic sign of distemper is thickening, yellowing, and gooey discharge from her nose and eyes. You should immediately take your dog to the veterinarian if this happens. Dry cough, diarrhea, and stomach pus blisters are all signs of distemper. The second stage of distemper can be more severe as the disease can affect the brain, spinal cord and other parts of the body. This stage can cause a dog to slobber, shake her head, and have a bad taste in the mouth. She may have seizures that cause her to scream, fall, or kick her feet in the air. She wanders around, seems confused and avoids people afterwards.
Dogs that are afflicted by this disease will die soon. Dogs who survive often suffer permanent neurological (brain, nerve) damage. The distemper virus can spread to the lungs and cause pneumonia, conjunctivitis, inflamed nose passages (rhinitis), and conjunctivitis. It can also cause thickening of the skin, particularly on the footpads. Hard pad disease is a form of distemper. Dogs with distemper are most likely to be diagnosed between nine and twelve weeks of age, particularly if they have been raised in a household that includes other dogs, such as a shelter, pet shop, or breeding kennel. Your veterinarian will administer intravenous fluids, medication to control diarrhea and vomiting to your dog if she is diagnosed with distemper. Secondary infections can also be treated.
Canine infectious liver disease. This virus can be spread through direct contact. Mild cases can last for only one to two days. The dog will have a mild fever and a low white blood-cell count. A form of the disease can strike puppies as young as two to six weeks. They may have a fever, swelling of their tonsils, and a aching stomach. They can quickly go into shock and then die. It is sudden and unpredictable. A pup can be in good health one day, but then suddenly go into shock the next. Canine infectious hepatitis is most common in puppies aged six to ten months. They will show symptoms such as fever, energy loss, and an enlarged tonsil and lymph nodes. Dogs with a strong immune system will begin to recover within four to seven days. The virus can attack the blood vessels walls and cause severe bleeding. Canine infectious hepatitis will require intravenous fluids and antibiotics.
Leptospirosis. A spirochete is a type bacterium that has a thin spiral shape. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can be transmitted through urine from infected animals. It can enter a dog’s system via an open wound on the skin, or through food or drink contaminated with infectious urine. Leptospirosis is not a pretty disease. Leptospirosis can cause fever, depression, lethargy and loss of appetite. Leptospirosis is a disease that affects the kidneys. Infected dogs may feel grouchy because their kidneys are hurting. As the infection progresses, her tongue and mouth become irritated and she develops ulcers. Her mouth is sore and may even be bleeding that it hurts to eat. She has bloody stools and is very thirsty so she drinks lots. She may also be vomiting or have diarrhea.
Hospitalization is required for leptospirosis treatment. A dog suffering from advanced symptoms of leptospirosis will need to be hospitalized. They will need antibiotics to kill the bacteria, as well as other medications to manage vomiting and diarrhea. Dogs with severe symptoms may also need fluid replacement. Leptospirosis can spread to other people because it is a zoonotic condition. To prevent infection, dogs with leptospirosis should be treated carefully. Your dog can carry the disease for up to one year even if she is healthy. After your dog is well, your veterinarian will advise you how to keep her from getting infected.
Parvo virus. Highly contagious, parvovirus can spread to paws, saliva, saliva, and stool from infected dogs. Parvovirus can also be spread to humans via their shoes, bedding, and crates. Younger puppies under five months old are more likely to be affected by parvovirus. Parvovirus is particularly dangerous for Pit bulls, Rottweiler’s and Doberman Pinchers. Three to 14 days after exposure, the signs of parvovirus begin to manifest in dogs. There are two types of parvovirus. The most common is severe diarrhea. The rarer form can cause damage to the heart muscle.
Parvovirus in dogs is a serious illness. If she has the disease in her intestines, she will experience severe depression with vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, and, not surprising, no appetite. Rare diseases can cause such a wide range of severe symptoms. Young pups can have difficulty breathing and stop nursing when parvo attacks their hearts. They usually die quickly but they can still be fatally ill with congestive heart disease.
Parvovirus vaccines are available, but puppies between six weeks to five months old are particularly vulnerable, even if they have been vaccinated. This is because the reason is complex. The reason is complicated. Puppy immunizations are passively given to them by their mothers at birth. The puppies also get protection from any diseases that the mother has been vaccinated for. These maternal antibodies may diminish after weaning, but they could still be strong enough that it interferes with the parvovirus vaccine’s action. The virus can sneak in with no protection at all. This does not mean that you should delay getting your puppy vaccinated against parvo. Two types of protection at a lower strength are better than one.
Parvovirus can be difficult to eradicate. Parvovirus can live for weeks or even months in the environment. Parvo can be spread to dogs by contacting the environment with one part chlorine bleach and 30 parts water.
Rabies. Harper Lee was a great storyteller. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird’s description of a dog suffering from rabies is both medically correct and conveys the terror and danger that this dreadful disease can cause. She wasn’t the only one to mention it. Rabies is mentioned in legal documents from Mesopotamia, Aristotle, and Xenophon. Although rabies is not found in all parts of the globe, some areas, such as Australia, Great Britain and Iceland, Japan and the Scandinavian countries, have been able to eradicate it through strict quarantines.
The rabies virus can be described as a bullet-shaped killer. The rabies virus enters the body via an open wound. Usually, it is usually transmitted by saliva from a bite. It can infect and even kill any warm-blooded animal or human. Depending on the area of the country, the wild animals most likely to transmit rabies are raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Out of the 6,844 cases of rabies reported, 94 were in dogs, and 281 in cats.
Rabies takes two forms. The furious form is called paralytic, while the paralytic one is called furious. Paralytic rabies, which usually ends in death, is the last stage. The furious stage of rabies can last up to seven days and causes a variety of behavior changes in dogs. She can be nervous or restless, anxious, vicious, excitable, sensitive to light and touch, and even excitable. Her breathing is fast and heavy, which can cause her to foam at her mouth. A “personality change” is another sign of rabies. A “personality change” is another sign of rabies. For example, a dog that was friendly might become shyer or more withdrawn. The rabies virus causes the animal to have difficulty walking and moving. It is not a good idea to approach wild animals or dogs, but it is a bad idea to try to approach an animal that is acting strangely or has difficulty with locomotion. Any animal that is acting strangely should be avoided.
Rabies can be fatal so public health vets recommend that any dog that has bitten anyone with signs of rabies be put down. To determine if signs of Rabies develop in a dog that has bit someone but appears healthy, it must be kept under control for ten days. Unvaccinated dogs who have been exposed to rabies should be kept in a strict confinement for six months. A rabies vaccine must be given one month prior to being released from quarantine. A vaccinated dog should be immediately given a booster shot, kept in isolation for at least 90 days, and closely monitored. The only way to determine if a dog is suffering from rabies in its lifetime is to examine her brain. This includes the tissue of the central nervous system. Call your veterinarian immediately if you notice a sudden death in your cat or dog, especially if it is due to unusual behavior.
Rabies can be fatal. Rabies is serious business. Your dog should be vaccinated at three months of age, once a year, and again every three years thereafter. You should immediately wash the area thoroughly after being bitten by a rabid or other animal that you don’t know has rabies. Call your doctor immediately for treatment that may include series rabies vaccines.
Is it possible to catch it from my dog? Zoonotic Conditions
Although we can’t get a cold from our dogs, they can share some other diseases with us. Zoonotic diseases are conditions that can spread from dogs to people. Some of these diseases are only unpleasant, like the ringworm infection. But others, such as salmonella poisoning and rabies, can have much more severe consequences. Leptospirosis can also be transmitted to dogs by ticks.
It’s easy to stop Ginger spreading diseases to us. You can get her vaccinated against rabies and leptospirosis. You can keep worms under control by regularly picking up your stool and performing regular fecal examinations and deworming as necessary. Your hygiene is the best way to prevent zoonosis. After handling the dog, or cleaning up after it, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands. This is particularly important for children, the elderly, or people who are undergoing chemotherapy or have immune system disorders.
Ticks. You should inspect Rover every day for ticks in warm weather if you live in a wooded area or go with your dog to grassy areas. Ticks will most commonly be found between Rover’s toes, on her neck, head, and ears. Tweezers can be used to remove ticks. Grab the tick’s head with the tweezers and pull gently but firmly. You should be careful not touch the ticks. It’s a good idea, in fact, to use rubber gloves while removing ticks. To kill ticks, you can drop them in a container of rubbing alcohol. Other methods, such as burning the tick or coating it with petroleum jelly or gasoline, are more likely to cause complications and could prove dangerous if the tick bursts. It is possible to spray the tick-sucking insects with a flea and tick insecticide. The latest tick-control prescriptions are highly effective in controlling ticks. Check with your vet to get a prescription.
Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are both transmitted by tick bites. The deer tick, which is found in the east of the United States, and the western black-legged (on the West Coast) are both Lyme disease carriers. Lyme disease is more common in the spring and summer. They are most active during rainy seasons. Lyme disease is most common in the Northeast and mid Atlantic, although it has been reported in all 48 states.
Lyme disease is a condition that affects dogs and can manifest as arthritis. Their joints become tender and swollen, making them lame. They may feel weak and listless, not like eating and might have a fever. Lyme disease can cause severe damage to the nervous system, heart, kidneys and nervous system.
Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose, and often is confused with other illnesses. Lyme disease is a condition that can be diagnosed in dogs that have been bitten by ticks. If they respond to antibiotics and show the above symptoms, it is likely that the dog was afflicted. If you live in an area where ticks are pretty common, ask your vet for advice on keeping them at bay with flea-and-tick-killing sprays, powders, and collars, or with the Lyme disease vaccine.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is also transmitted by tick contact. It is caused by a different type of bacteria, rickettsia. This is rod-shaped and only multiplies within its host cells. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is carried by ticks from wood ticks and American dogs. It’s most prevalent in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic States.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a condition that causes a dog to have a fever, no appetite, and painful joints. Rocky Mountain spotted fever can cause flu-like symptoms in people. It causes fever, chills and achy muscles as well as nausea and vomiting. The rash may appear on the hands, wrists and ankles of the affected person. It can also spread to other parts of their body. Antibiotics are the best treatment, just like Lyme disease. The best defense is the best offense. Regularly check your dog for ticks and remove any that you find. Use insecticide products to repel or kill them.
3- Warning Signs for Dog Illness
Dogs who are feeling unwell will work hard to convince their owners that they’re fine. This is a result of thousands of years of instincts. A wild animal that is clearly sick or weak (or even a prey) is considered dead is the wild. Although she doesn’t need to worry about it as much, her instincts tell her to conceal any signs of illness. To spot subtle clues, you’ll need to have a keen eye and excellent observation skills. It is important to know your dog well.
The way your dog acts, looks, eats and drinks are some of the basic things you should be looking for. She might appear to have gained weight even though her appetite hasn’t changed significantly. Or she might seem like she’s losing weight even though she eats more. You should bring a 10% change in your dog’s weight to your vet. This could be as small as one pound for a small dog.
We know that our dog is happy when she eats her food. However, it is not uncommon for her to skip one or two meals, especially when it’s hot out. Anything beyond that is a sign to be cautious about. Your vet should be notified if your dog refuses to eat for more than 2 days. Dogs can develop unusual eating habits due to certain diseases or medications. If a dog suddenly begins to steal food from the table or raid the garbage bin, it could be a sign that she needs to have her medication adjusted or checked.
Dogs that start drinking water like fish may develop diabetes or kidney disease. Although you may not be able notice your dog’s increased water intake, it is possible to detect the difference by watching what comes out of the other end. She will be producing more urine and need to go outside more often. She might also have accidents at home.
A thick, shiny coat is a sign of a healthy dog. If your dog has a dull, dry or bald coat, it is likely that something is wrong. It could be a problem with the dog’s diet, allergies to fleas, or other skin problems. Your vet will be able to help your dog get back on track, no matter what the reason.
Lethargy, which veterinary texts refer to as a subtle sign of illness, is also known as “lethargy”. It can also be described as laziness, sluggishness or laziness. Even though it’s often the highlight of her day, a dog who is lethargic may not be interested in taking a walk. She won’t play fetch, even her favorite tennis game. Sometimes, lethargy can be attributed to heat, soreness after a long walk or feeling out of sorts. Talk to your vet if it lasts more than two days.
Vomiting is a common sign of illness. Dogs don’t experience vomiting as often as humans. In fact, dogs might vomit intentionally to eliminate something they aren’t happy with (like yesterday’s garbage). Usually, mild vomiting is not something to be concerned about. If your dog is vomiting frequently, several times per day, has a fever or seems depressed, or has bloody, forceful vomit, it’s best to call your vet right away.
Go on a poop patrol. Your dog’s stool can be a sign of her health, no matter how unpleasant it might sound. Healthy dogs have stools that are small, firm and moist. Dogs with hard, dry stools may strain to eliminate. This could be an indication that they aren’t getting enough water or a sign of a dietary or other health problem. The feces may contain worms if they are squiggly and rice-shaped. A stool may occasionally be loose, liquidy, or contain mucous or even a hint of blood. Diarrhea, straining, and stool that are mucousy or blood-colored for more than 2 days should be reported to your vet. Call the vet immediately if the symptoms of an elimination problem include vomiting, fever, nausea, loss appetite, or bloody diarrhea.
4- Dogs’ preventive health care
Preventive medicine for pets can detect problems before they become more serious. This saves time and money. How does preventive medicine work Preventive medicine is a lot like taking care of your car. Regular maintenance includes checking the oil and pressure of the tires, and taking the car in for regular inspections. You can prevent health problems from developing and prolong your dog’s lifespan by doing the same for him.
Regular veterinary visits are recommended. The vet will not just give your dog some vaccines, but also conduct a thorough exam each year. The vet does a thorough examination. He checks the health of all internal organs and makes sure there aren’t any worrisome bumps or lumps. Dogs age differently to humans so an annual physical is similar to a person having a physical every five years or six years. This is particularly important for dogs who are middle-aged or older, as it allows the veterinarian to detect and treat any health issues before they become more serious.
Dog vaccinations Most people believe that vaccinations are good for dogs and protect them against diseases. They are correct, they are. They are protected from diseases when puppies are born. However, as they age, this protection is lost. To boost their immunity, they require a series vaccination. Usually, the first one is given at six to ten week old. The pup will be vaccinated again every three to four weeks until he is approximately four months of age. He then receives his annual vaccines to keep him protected throughout his life. These vaccines protect your dog from deadly diseases like rabies, distemper, parvovirus and distemper, as well as against viral hepatitis and leptospirosis. Corona virus Kennel cough, and Lyme disease. The vet can also vaccinate your dog for Lyme disease if you live in an area with high Lyme disease incidences, particularly if your dog spends much time outside.
Spaying and Neutering
You might be surprised to know that spaying a female before she has her first heat, and neutering a male before they reach sexual maturity can help prevent many behavioral and health problems. Contrary to old wives’ tales, spaying female dogs does not require them to have more than one litter or one heat. Actually, the reverse is true.
New technology and drugs make it easy to spay or neuter young puppies. They also require less anesthesia and take less time. Young puppies recover faster than older dogs and puppies. There is a lower risk of developing mammary cancer and no risk of testicular or uterine cancer. Spaying or neutering a dog before puberty is a better option to ensure a healthy and long-lasting life.
Another myth surrounding spaying and neutering dogs is that they will become fat. Dogs can lose or gain weight in the same way as humans. Dogs can gain weight by eating too much and not getting enough exercise.
A positive impact on behavior can also be had by spaying or neutering a pet dog. Unaltered male dogs will be able to tell if there is a female dog in heat anywhere in the universe. He will try to escape, wander far and wide, mark furniture and other objects with urine and become aggressive. Unspayed females go through the heat (estrus), about twice per year. During this time she may try to escape, or be more unpredictable in her behavior. Spayed and neutered dogs have a more stable temperament, which makes it easier to train them. However, their devotion to protecting your home and family is unaffected by the hormonal fluctuations.
One other benefit of spaying and neutering is that they prevent unwanted puppies from being born. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 25 to 35 million dogs are euthanized each year due to a lack of homes. Even if your dog has a litter, and you find homes for all of them, it doesn’t mean there aren’t enough homes. They will be put to sleep somewhere else.
Unless your veterinarian suggests waiting, you should have your dog altered no later than four to six months. Spaying or neutering your dog is a worthwhile investment. Many shelters offer low-cost spay/neuter programs that can dramatically lower your dog’s chances of developing serious diseases, including cancer, and double your dog’s life expectancy.
5- Other Treatments for Dogs
Modern veterinary medicine has seen many advancements. Modern veterinary medicine has made many advances, including new vaccines, medications, diagnostic tools, and surgical techniques. This is helping pets live longer, more healthy lives. Some veterinarians look back at the past in order to find effective treatments that use natural substances such as herbs, homeopathic remedies, or physical manipulations such as massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture. Alternate therapies have been used for treating skin conditions, digestive problems, and other ailments in dogs. While it is important to diagnose your dog accurately before any treatment can be started, many dogs will benefit from a combination of traditional and alternate therapies.
While some veterinarians integrate alternative medicine for dogs into their traditional practices, others are more skilled in homeopathy or acupuncture. Although a veterinary degree is not necessary to practice alternative therapies, many states require that they be administered to animals under veterinary supervision. However, with the right training, both vets and non-veterinarians are able to perform acupressure and massage on pets. These are alternative therapies that can be used on pets.
Acupuncture. Acupressure and acupuncture have been used for thousands of years. These therapies, which were first developed in ancient China, are based on the theory that energy flows through a network of channels (called meridians). They are connected to certain internal organs and flow through the body. Discord in the internal energy flow is a major cause of disease. Acupuncture is designed to restore this balance. This can be done by using heat sources, finger pressure, heat sources or needles to manipulate specific points along meridians. The mechanism of acupuncture’s effectiveness is still not fully understood by western scientific research. Some theories claim that acupuncture increases endorphin production (substances that make us feel better and more comfortable) as well as blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain from the spine.
The medical establishment was skeptical of acupuncture’s effectiveness when it was first introduced to the West in 1970. In many cases, acupuncture has gained acceptance as a viable treatment. Dog acupuncture is used in veterinary medicine to treat arthritis, constipation and diabetes.
You can help your dog with certain conditions at home by using finger pressure and acupuncture to manipulate his meridians. Dogs with arthritis, digestive problems, or muscle strains can benefit from acupuncture.
Chiropractic. This concept was developed in the 19th Century. It is based upon the belief that nerve energy flows through a spinal column. If the spine is not aligned properly, this energy can block. Chiropractic uses gentle, fast movements (called adjustments) that manipulate the musculoskeletal systems to restore normal movement and function to joints. We don’t know the exact mechanism of chiropractic, nor do we have any solid scientific evidence. However, it has been used for a variety of ailments, including upset stomachs and arthritis.
Botany. Flowers were likely among the first methods that humans used to treat sickness. It is also known that certain diseases can be treated with plants. Some of the most popular and widely-used medications and treatments today are plant-derived. These include digitalis (foxglove) for certain heart conditions and pyrethrins, which is a key ingredient in many flea-control products. Herbal remedies can strengthen the immune system, relieve pain, and calm the brain.
Although you may be attracted to the idea of herbal remedies as they are natural, they can pose a danger if not properly used. You should only give them to a veterinarian and consult a trained herbalist. External problems like flea infestations and skin conditions are the best and most safest way to use herbs at your home. A holistic veterinarian should be consulted before treating your dog using any herbal remedy.
Homeopathy.Homeopathic medicine was developed by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician. Hahnemann observed and tested substances that caused reactions in healthy people, such as bee venom’s itchy, swollen bumps. These could trigger healing in someone suffering from similar symptoms. A homeopathic remedy of bee poison was given to someone with itchy, swollen bumps. This relieved the symptoms. The ancient Greeks observed this fundamental principle of homeopathy (“like heals like”), and it was also used in modern times to treat hyperactivity and birth control pills (hormones that regulate fertility).
A homeopathic veterinarian will ask you questions about your dog’s behavior, lifestyle, and diet before prescribing any medication. After analyzing the environment, the vet will recommend a homeopathic remedy. The veterinarian can also use tissue salts and flower essences to stimulate your body. Homeopathy is truly holistic healing: It treats medical conditions as well as treating emotional and behavioral problems.
Homeopathic remedies can be prepared by successively diluting the original substance and stirring it until no physical trace remains. Homeopathic remedies are safe and natural because the active ingredients found in most homeopathic remedies are so small. This makes them safe for minor injuries and illnesses. Warning: Homeopaths warn against using the wrong remedy as it may cause milder symptoms than the remedy is supposed to treat.
Minor stomach upset, minor injuries, such as cuts and scrapes, can all be treated at home with homeopathy. There are also remedies that can soothe itching from flea bites, anxiety due to car travel or veterinary visits. There are many options for treating mild diarrhea, including reducing the pain of arthritis and keeping your ears healthy.
Massage. massage does more than feel good. A rubdown can speed up recovery for dogs after an injury or illness. It can also improve mobility and flexibility, stimulate blood circulation, reduce muscle tension, and keep her tissues soft. A massage can be used to relax or energize your dog, depending on how many strokes are used.
Regular massages are a great way to get to know your dog’s body and help you spot any odd lumps, bumps or other changes. Your vet and groomer will love to have your dog massaged.